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Bush-backed feature film of 9/11 casts him as scourge of 'tinhorn terrorists' (VRWC alert)
The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 06/22/03 | Andrew Gumbel

Posted on 06/21/2003 12:33:37 PM PDT by Pokey78

According to one version of history, President George Bush was so slow to react to the momentous attacks of 11 September 2001 that he continued reading to a group of primary school children in Florida even after being informed of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Centre.

Then, after making an anodyne remark about finding "the folks who committed this act", he was whisked off in Air Force One, first to Shreveport, Louisiana and thence to an underground bunker in Nebraska, where he was hastily coached in the art of responding to the crisis in an appropriately presidential manner.

That, however, is not the George Bush who emerges from a new television docudrama due to air on cable in time for the second anniversary of the attacks this September.

In this version, the President is all swagger and seize-the-moment bravado. "If some tinhorn terrorist wants me, tell him to come and get me," he says. "I'll be at home. Waiting for the bastard." "But Mr President ..." stammers his Secret Service chief. "Try 'Commander-in-Chief'," Mr Bush corrects him, "whose present command is, 'Take the President home!'"

If this scenario sounds like wishful thinking cooked up by the Republican National Committee, it probably is, given that the film, entitled DC 9/11, was produced and written by a direct associate of the President's, Lionel Chetwynd, in close co-operation with Mr Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove.

From the administration's point of view, it is arguably, the most successful attempt to date to recruit Hollywood to help the White House in its war on terrorism - or, in this case, its war on the Democratic presidential nominee in the November 2004 election.

Mr Chetwynd is not only a well-known conservative in Hollywood circles, with credits spanning political dramas and biblical stories. He also sits on the White House Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Mr Rove, meanwhile, has a special eye for propaganda - not only did he conceive of Mr Bush's recent post-Iraq Top Gun-style landing on an aircraft carrier, he was also the one who explained away the President's peregrinations on 11 September by claiming, less than convincingly, that Air Force One itself was under direct threat of attack.

Although nobody has seen the finished product, the script of DC 9/11 was leaked to the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper, which described its portrayal of "a nearly infallible, heroic president with little or no dissension in his ranks and a penchant for delivering articulate, stirring, off-the-cuff address to his colleagues".

At one point, according to the script, he tells Democratic Party leaders: "I won't be seeking a declaration of war. With a shadowy enemy, specificity makes that problematic." That sounds awfully sophisticated for the malapropism-prone George Dubya.

Amazingly, Mr Chetwynd denies his film is propaganda in any form. He insists that everything in the film comes from the public record - either published accounts or information gleaned from his own interviews with the President, the White House chief of staff Andy Card, Mr Rove and others. "This isn't propaganda," he told the The Washington Post last week. "It's a straightforward docudrama. I would hope what's presented is a fully coloured and nuanced picture of a human being in a difficult situation."

The fact that it paints its subject in the best possible light at every turn certainly can't hurt the Bush cause, however. It is part of an emerging pattern whereby the anniversaries of 11 September are exploited as political advertisements for the Bush administration. This year it will be the airing of DC 9/11; next year, with just two months to go before the next presidential election, it will be the Republican National Convention in New York.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dc911

1 posted on 06/21/2003 12:33:37 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
"Then, after making an anodyne remark about finding "the folks who committed this act", he was whisked off in Air Force One, first to Shreveport, Louisiana and thence to an underground bunker in Nebraska, where he was hastily coached in the art of responding to the crisis in an appropriately presidential manner"



So, what their saying is they taught him to be Presidetial in about a half hour.? Give me a break!!!!
2 posted on 06/21/2003 12:39:13 PM PDT by gc4nra
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To: Pokey78
It's just a good thing we have Andrew Gumbel to set us straight about what REALLY happened and was said amongst these people he's never met, in places he's never been, during events he did not witness. He knows best!
3 posted on 06/21/2003 12:45:28 PM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: Pokey78
Revisionist history. Pablum for the masses, huh, Andy. Try real journalism sometime.
4 posted on 06/21/2003 12:47:53 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: gc4nra
"Air Force One itself was under direct threat of attack"

In the chaos of the aftermath of 9/11, I heard that al qaida had the updated daily, Presidential secret codes and with that code, sent threats to the President's security people about Air Force 1.

Any links out there?
5 posted on 06/21/2003 12:49:49 PM PDT by Imperialist
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To: Pokey78
Amazingly, Mr Chetwynd denies his film is propaganda in any form. He insists that everything in the film comes from the public record - either published accounts or information gleaned from his own interviews with the President, the White House chief of staff Andy Card, Mr Rove and others. "This isn't propaganda," he told the The Washington Post last week. "It's a straightforward docudrama. I would hope what's presented is a fully coloured and nuanced picture of a human being in a difficult situation."

This is the second article about this upcoming movie in which the writer appears ignorant of the state of the record.

It IS a matter of record that President Bush demanded to return to the WH over the objections of the Secret Service. That the libs have wanted to deny this fact (nothing "amazing" about the public record except to this ignorant fool) will not stop the truth from being known.

And I see the same group wants to continue to pretend the idea the AirForce One would be a terrorist target is preposterous. Yet the same types shriek how "Bush Knew" and yelp that "something" should have been done. What absolute creeps.

6 posted on 06/21/2003 12:55:42 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: TomGuy
Mr Rove, meanwhile, has a special eye for propaganda - not only did he conceive of Mr Bush's recent post-Iraq Top Gun-style landing on an aircraft carrier,

At least I had to laugh when I read the above. They are still steaming over "The Flight Suit". heheh

7 posted on 06/21/2003 12:57:57 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Pokey78
>> If this scenario sounds like wishful thinking cooked up by the Republican National Committee, it probably is...from the administration's point of view, it is arguably, the most successful attempt to date to recruit Hollywood to help the White House in its war on terrorism - or, in this case, its war on the Democratic presidential nominee in the November 2004 election. <<

Oh yeah, Hollywood, we just know THEY'VE always been a hotbed of RIGHT-WING activist-types. The whole crowd is overwhemingly Bush shrills. < /sarcasm>

The brits also claim Hollywood goes out of its way to make every film villian have a british accent. I don't see where they get that idea either, of course none of these snotty liberal brits have gone ANYWHERE near the source of these American films, go figure.

8 posted on 06/21/2003 1:02:21 PM PDT by BillyBoy (George Ryan deserves a long term...without parole.)
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To: cyncooper
At least I had to laugh when I read the above.

You read the article? WOW!

I made it through the first paragraph and saw that Gumbel was spewing revisionism. That's as far as I got--the 1st paragraph. lol
9 posted on 06/21/2003 1:09:28 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Pokey78
he continued reading to a group of primary school children in Florida even after being informed of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Centre

You mean he didn't stop reading and scream to the kids "My God, a plane has crashed in New York, run for your lives!"?

10 posted on 06/21/2003 1:24:28 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Pokey78
DC 9/11, was produced and written by a direct associate of the President's, Lionel Chetwynd

By the way, where are all the Hollywood movies about a sitting president, like "Air Force One," "An American President," etc. Seemed like there were a bunch of them during the 90's.

11 posted on 06/21/2003 1:27:32 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: cyncooper
"He insists that everything in the film comes from the public record"

NYT articles?

12 posted on 06/21/2003 1:32:38 PM PDT by Roscoe
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To: Larry Lucido
after being informed of the first plane crashing

Not to mention that one plane could have just been an accident. It used to be normal for planes to give a buzz past the skyline and a poorly timed heart-attack could cause one crash.

13 posted on 06/21/2003 1:47:29 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Frogs are for gigging)
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To: StriperSniper
Exactly. There was nothing to indicate anything other than a plane crash until the second plane hit. First reports ranged from a passenger airliner to a wayward cessna, if I recall correctly.
14 posted on 06/21/2003 1:50:16 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: gc4nra
So, what their saying is they taught him to be Presidetial in about a half hour.?


Fast learner that cowboy from over Crawford way.......
15 posted on 06/21/2003 1:53:37 PM PDT by deport
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To: Larry Lucido
if I recall correctly.

Yes you do. I woke-up between crashes and the first thing I heard was twin-engine commuter(I figured cargo, since right past the Battery was a common flightline).

And if I remember correctly, was there not a report of GWB saying that "that guy must have been a really bad pilot" after the first since there was perfect weather that day(You could see 50 miles easy, I'm 8 miles away as the gull flies across the harbor).

16 posted on 06/21/2003 2:00:20 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Frogs are for gigging)
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To: Pokey78
Since this article didn't say, what network is this airing on?
17 posted on 06/21/2003 2:06:32 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write 'damnation' with your fingers." C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Larry Lucido
I was watching FoxNews when the first plane hit the first building. I thought "this is not good", but I thought it was a bad accident and went on with what I was doing, keeping an ear out for further news. Then I heard the newscasters screaming, "Oh My God, a second plane hit the second building". Stopped what I was doing and watched in horror. Then I ran and got my husband who was outside. It took some time for us to fully realize and comprehend that terrorists had struck AMERICA! In addition, we had friends and relatives who worked down there. In short, I reacted just the President Bush did at first. Thanks to TV and the Internet, they can't re-write what really happened that day.
18 posted on 06/21/2003 2:08:39 PM PDT by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: cyncooper
Well, if you read "The Right Man" by David Frum, and other accounts, it is completely accurate that Bush (who did not think, nor had reason to think, that we were under attack when the first plane hit the tower) did keep reading. And it is also true that many of us were dismayed that he used the term "those folks" in his first public statement.

Frum points out that the nation needed a leader, not a demagouge on that day and the days that followed, and that Bush went out of his way to appear solemnn---not vindictive---and determined, but not seething (which, in fact, he was). The first press conference was, by nature, at an airplane hangar and was based on extremely limited information, all the while the SS were trying to get Bush on the plane.

I think we need to tell history accurately, without flourishes from either the idiot writer or the (apparently) overly-enthusiastic screenwriter. Bush behaved exactly as he needed to, and every analyst I've read says that his National Cathedral speech, followed by the SOTU, interspersed with his ad-lib at the WTC site, fixed his place in history. It needs no embellishment from the right, and will be impervious to tainting by the left.

19 posted on 06/21/2003 2:09:06 PM PDT by LS
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To: Larry Lucido
lol

Apparently, he was supposed to stop and immediately return to Washington due to what was a presumed accident with one plane hitting in New York City (I guess if a plane hits somewhere, the Prez has to get involved according to the Independent.....)

Once a second plane hit, he knew it was no accident and shifted into gear.

This is hardly "slow-moving." It was EXACTLY WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE DONE.
20 posted on 06/21/2003 2:10:50 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write 'damnation' with your fingers." C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: maxwellp
I was watching CBS and that is the only reason why I was somewhat suspicious of the first plane hitting. They were talking about how some eyewitnesses said it sounded like a missile and they commented on how clear the weather was and how rarely a plane heads in that direction. This was BEFORE the second plane. If I wasn't watching that, I don't think I would have wondered if it was really an accident or not until the second plane hit.

Then, when the second one hit live on tv, I knew it wasn't an accident and I told my mom and she knew too. It was at this point I had to drive to school and leave the news behind...or so I thought...only to have the principal come on the intercom and inform students who came for first hour what had happened and that our nation was under attack. What a day. I wish I had taped the news that day.
21 posted on 06/21/2003 2:14:52 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write 'damnation' with your fingers." C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: LS
I believe the actual sequence is the first plane hit before the president entered the classroom. President Bush then began his interaction/reading with the children when he was informed by Card about plane #2, at which time the president naturally extracted himself from the classroom almost immediately.

I certainly am not advocating embellishment, just am amazed the author is amazed at the fact that President Bush overrode--in language very similar if not exactly as described above--the Secret Service about going back to the WH. The author chooses to see that fact as pumped up when it is not.

I didn't address the "folks" business, but having heard the president live as he uttered every statement (or at least, I heard it when the tape was first aired), the word didn't bother me as I heard it for the first time, though of course I read extensive criticism of it.
22 posted on 06/21/2003 2:24:06 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: maxwellp
Thanks to TV and the Internet, they can't re-write what really happened that day.

Sounds like Gumbel prefers to believe that things like "the pretty in pink" interview and "the stones laid out in the shape of a cross" event are true history and not staged events. It's amazing that singlehandedly Karl Rove can do more for W than what the Thomasons, the Bloodworth acts, and almost the entire Hwood community were able to create for the animated Clintoons.
23 posted on 06/21/2003 2:24:11 PM PDT by Fawnn (Today's investment tip: Buy Kleenex! Buy Puffs! Recent surges in sales promise new profits!)
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To: rwfromkansas
Since this article didn't say, what network is this airing on?

The other article I read on this subject said Showtime.

24 posted on 06/21/2003 2:25:04 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Pokey78
>Bush-backed feature film of 9/11 casts him as scourge of 'tinhorn terrorists' (VRWC alert)

Man, just imagine
the "review" Katie Couric
gives after it airs...

25 posted on 06/21/2003 2:29:47 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Pokey78
For what it's worth -- and not to make light of the suffering that date, my favorite anecdote from 9/11 is about what George Bush the Elder was quoted as saying once he was finally able to reach his son by phone (or vice versa). I forget the details about what flight George and Barbara had been on at the time, but they ended up in Kansas City, if I recall.

Once Dubya had his father on the phone and found out where his parents were at, he asked them, "What in the world are you doing in Kansas City?"

His father answered, "Well, it seems you grounded my plane!"
26 posted on 06/21/2003 2:34:25 PM PDT by Fawnn (This tagline written without the help of a ghostwriter!)
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To: rwfromkansas
Here's the other thread based on a different article about the movie:

'D.C. 9/11' Spins Tale of President on Tragic Day (New Movie)

27 posted on 06/21/2003 2:38:33 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Pokey78
Here is an article published on September 14 (the day of the National Cathedral and bullhorn with firefighters events--events that happened after this article was written and posted), 2001.

A new world disorder

From the article:

Finally, an impatient Bush concluded that he would address the nation that night from the Oval Office. "I want to go back to Washington as soon as possible–now," he snapped to aides. "I don't want any tinhorn dictator terrorist holding me outside Washington. The American people want to see their president, and they want to see him in Washington." That ended the debate, according to aides who were traveling with him.

28 posted on 06/21/2003 3:03:04 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Imperialist
In the chaos of the aftermath of 9/11, I heard that al qaida had the updated daily, Presidential secret codes and with that code, sent threats to the President's security people about Air Force 1.

Any links out there?

From the story I linked in #28 (from September 14, 2001):

He cut short his scheduled two-day visit to Florida, where he was promoting education reform, and told aides he wanted to return immediately to the White House. But Secret Service officials pointed out that there was at least one credible, specific threat against the president himself and Air Force One, U.S. News has learned. Federal officials argued that many commercial flights were still in the air and that no one could rule out the possibility that one of them might be on a suicide course for the White House. Bush agreed to delay his return trip until the security threats against him could be clarified.

29 posted on 06/21/2003 3:07:17 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper
Thanks.
30 posted on 06/21/2003 3:21:32 PM PDT by Imperialist
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To: cyncooper
Looks like Mr. Gumbel has been hitting the bottle again.
31 posted on 06/21/2003 3:33:08 PM PDT by EllaMinnow (I will NEVER take my DSL for granted again, I will NEVER take my DSL for granted again...)
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To: cyncooper
Yes, Bush did override the Secret Service, and some suggest his language was indeed rather colorful. For the media to have made an issue of the common-sense and NECESSARY seclusion and movement of the president in such a situation was unconscionable. No president---not FDR, or Kennedy, or Reagan---ever was in a "direct fire" war situation like that. I would have had no problem with him staying away from Washington for a day.
32 posted on 06/21/2003 4:15:39 PM PDT by LS
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To: Larry Lucido
I totally agree.....had Bush reacted to the news and quickly exited the school, it would have made me more nervous.
33 posted on 06/21/2003 4:38:43 PM PDT by Arpege92
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To: Pokey78
According to one version of history, President George Bush was so slow to react to the momentous attacks of 11 September 2001 that he continued reading to a group of primary school children in Florida even after being informed of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Centre.

Dubya doesn't read the Free Republic (that we know of - **grin**), and we didn't know what was going on until after the second plane hit.

Andrew Gumbel is a lying Leftist a**hole, trying to re-write history.

34 posted on 06/21/2003 9:22:08 PM PDT by an amused spectator
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